The famed white R&B singer, Teena Marie, passed away earlier today (Sunday):
Martin reports that Marie’s manager told him that Marie’s daughter found her dead in her home today, and that she suffered a seizure last month. To follow the story, head over to Martin’s Twitter feed.
According to Roland Martin, R&B singer Teena Marie has passed away at the age of 54. Martin cites Marie’s manager, Mike Gardner.
Philadelphia radio station WDAS, was the first to report the news; Chicago radio station V103 is also is reporting the death.
Born Marie Christine Brockert, Teena Marie rose to prominence in the late 70s and 80s, striking a musical and personal partnership with funk legend Rick James. She released 13 studio albums, six of which went platinum on the US R&B chart. Two of her albums went platinum, and six altogether were gold.
Marie’s biggest hit came in 1984 with her single ‘Lovergirl,’ which peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
R.I.P., Teena… we will always remember your music!
And, for all you youngsters… out of the loop, we have included her last great performance with Rick James:
“Fire & Desire”